At my wedding reception, my dad’s speech had all my guests in tears! It was only after my honeymoon that I found out from my mommy darling, that my daddy darling had not said everything he had noted. He’d been working on his speech for months, and on the night he was too choked up to say it all.
Here is my dad’s speech as he wrote it.
I love my daddy darling so much!
ANGEL – our first born and last wed!
Angel – you were a love child, born when Mom was 19 and Dad barely 21 years of age – you were the first grand child on the Swemmer side and the first grand daughter on Granny Sheila’s side. Old Auntie Flo always said the love babies are the most beautiful and unique – she was not wrong.
From a very young age you made it plain that you were in charge, organising all the games, taking control of all the toys you could carry in your turned up dress or orchestrating little concerts! Drawing was your passion from a very tender age and there was never enough paper for you!
By 14 months you decided that nappies were simply not your style and pulled them off at every opportunity. Once again you took charge ha ha! You even cut all your teeth really quickly and without any trouble. A very organised little miss! Even motherhood happened early in life for you!
Reciting whole nursery rhymes and prayers before 12 months old was also your favourite pastime – you had a good grasp of language very early in life!
Your sense of humour developed at a very young age and your giggle is as infectious as it always has been.
You are a responsible, loving and caring older sister. Your siblings are blessed to have a sister like you! Not to mention a sister with the organisational skills you have ha ha!
You are a precious, intelligent, loving daughter. You struggled through your share of problems bravely and alone not wanting to be a burden to any of us – bless you for your independent nature.
You are courageous, practical, sensible, beautiful, loving and a wonderful mother.
You deserve this very happy day and a loooooooooooong future with Neels – brimming with love and joy!
Neels – as a son-in-law we are more than blessed to have you in our family. Thank you for taking care of our precious daughter and for being so good to all of us! You are truly worth waiting for son! Welcome to the crazy Swemmer family!
Angel – our toast to you is this – may you always have enough – to be happy, blessed and carefree. Enough love, health, money, faith, happiness, peace, family and wisdom for all the days of your life with Neels at your side.
To Angel! Cheers & God bless you!